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[20 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 573 views ]

FOR better or for worse, the Labor Party seems now locked in behind Julia Gillard to take it to the next election.
Kevin Rudd still harbours unfinished business and may yet challenge again, but his recent thrusts and parries to regain relevance on the political stage appear to have amounted to nothing. There are still too many enemies within.
Discounting some opportunistic race to the polls early next year, Australia must set a date for a federal election sometime in the second half of the year. The Prime Minister could go as …

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[15 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 2,512 views ]

It’s an abuse to use a body set up to investigate serious crime to probe a public service leak, Ross Fitzgerald writes.
During the Bjelke-Petersen era, Tony Fitzgerald, QC, saved Queensland from years of National Party corruption. Fitzgerald’s courage and personal sacrifice was an inspiration to a generation of Queenslanders who wanted honesty in public administration. He changed Queensland for the better.
The recommendations of Fitzgerald’s landmark report shook up the state, and rightly so. One of his key recommendations was the establishment of a corruption-fighting body now called the Crime and …

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[13 Oct 2012 | 5 Comments | 2,987 views ]

NEWLY discovered letters that Tony Abbott wrote to his Melbourne-based mentor B.A. “Bob” Santamaria illuminate his inner struggle to decide which major political party to join.
They show that the person we know as a roguish right-winger during his university days and now as a highly combative Opposition Leader could have ended up a Labor MP.
In his 1994 inaugural parliamentary speech, Abbott described Santamaria as the person who first sparked his interest in politics. This was in the mid-1970s, when Abbott’s power base in student politics was the Democratic Club at …

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[6 Oct 2012 | No Comment | 909 views ]

DESPITE Bob Katter’s hopes of holding the balance of power in the Queensland election that was held in March, Campbell Newman’s Liberal National Party won in a landslide.
This meant Katter’s Australian Party only finished up with two of 89 seats in Queensland’s one-house parliament. More crucially, the latest Newspoll shows that support for Katter’s party has plummeted from the 11.5 per cent share of the vote it gained on March 24 to a mere 1 per cent!
Bob Katter was widely seen as an avuncular and eccentric patriot from the far …

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[2 Oct 2012 | One Comment | 3,186 views ]

Stephen Eugene Clarke (‘Steve from Gordon’).
Sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 48 years;
House painter when it was a noble trade.
Born Sydney, November 19, 1926.
Died Sydney, September 20, 2012. Aged 85
THERE were five great loves in Stephen Clarke’s life. First, his wonderful wife, Dawn; second, his beloved daughter, Kerry; third, his adored grandson, Larry; fourth, the South Sydney Rabbitohs; and finally, and perhaps most importantly, Alcoholics Anonymous, which made everything else in his life possible and enabled him to be a sober member for 48 uninterrupted years.
Widely known as “Steve from …